CHARLESTON, W.Va. - St. Albans softball Coach Greg Garber said the team's two seniors were in an ill frame of mind early last week when some simple math caught up to them.
"They realized they weren't going to be able to beat the (school) record for most wins by a senior class," Garber said of catcher Mariah Caudill and pitcher Ali Haynes, both of whom have been in the Red Dragons' starting lineup since the team's Class AAA state championship-winning season of 2010.
Caudill was the team's second baseman that season while Haynes patrolled left field.
The pair has won 95 games in their career. The Class of 2008, a team that included Caudill's older sister, Markayla Caudill, as well as Brittany Handley, Kayli Carter and Kaitlyn McGrath, among others, set the school standard at 112 wins.
Caudill and Haynes have been in their current positions since 2011, and enter this week with a 17-3 mark in 2013. SA has nine regular-season games remaining.
"They could still do it, but we'd pretty much have to run the table the rest of the way," Garber said.
While the odds of Haynes and Caudill reaching their school-based goal are not in their favor, more math might serve to provide a positive bookend to what has been a highly successful run.
Haynes enters the week with a career pitching record of 67-11. According to Daily Mail records, her win total is the highest of any Class AAA pitcher in Kanawha County history.
The Secondary School Activities Commission first sanctioned softball as a championship sport in 1981, though numerous schools participated in the sport on a club level before then, much like lacrosse today.
Still, statistics have never been easy to rely upon. The Daily Mail first issued an All-Kanawha County team in 1997, making tracking of statistics for historical sake more reliable.
Haynes passed the former record held by Herbert Hoover graduate Amy Fleshman, who played for the Huskies in their Class AAA days from 1995-97. Fleshman finished her career with a 61-13 mark. Haynes passed the former Husky with a win at Clay County on April 2.
Only one other Class AAA pitcher in Kanawha County history has 60 or more wins: Anita Massey of South Charleston, who went 60-25 from 1999-2001. Haynes' winning percentage (.859) is the highest of the three most successful pitchers of record.
"That's cool. She works really hard and that's a tribute to her and her teams," Garber said.
Haynes' claim to the record incorporates Caudill into another: the duo is thus the winningest Class AAA battery in county history.